Atmosphere

The Big Thaw

When nighttime temps dip into the 40s this month, here are six cozy hotspots—both indoors and out—to keep the goose bumps at bay.

September 2009

Outside

Lola The patio at this LoHi staple remains packed well after the dog days of summer, thanks to heat lamps, seasonally inspired drinks (think: apple cider and tequila), and an unbeatable view of downtown. 1575 Boulder St., 720-570-8686

Black Pearl Order some freshly shucked oysters and a glass of the Zolo Sauvignon Blanc from the extensive list, and warm your hands over the fire pit at the center of the large, concrete community table on this patio. 1529 S. Pearl St., 303-777-0500

Pour House Pub Nab a seat at the high tables on the rooftop deck, order a Guinness, and settle in to watch some late-season Rockies on the TV monitors. The ample heat lamps ensure that you'll stay warm all the way through the bottom of the ninth. 1435 Market St., 303-623-7687

Inside

Peaks Lounge On the 27th floor of the Hyatt Regency, every seat in this bar offers jaw-dropping views of the Front Range. But arrive early to nab the stuffed chairs in the corner by the fireplace, which offer the coziest spot for sunset views. 650 15th St., 27th Floor, 303-436-1234

8 Rivers Modern Caribbean If the reggae tunes and Planter's Punch (tropical juices and dark rum) at this LoDo eatery aren't enough to transport you to Kingston, then the warmth of the fireplace will help you along the way—at least for a night. 1550 Blake St., 303-623-3422

Bull & Bush Brewery Grab a board game and a pint of house-made English-style suds, nestle into one of the fireside red-leather couches, and practice your best British accent. 4700 Cherry Creek Drive South, 303-759-0333.